TwD: White Loaves from Baking with Julia

Hooray! This is my first week participating in the Tuesdays with Dorie baking group, who accomplished the phenomenal task of baking their way through Dorie Greenspan’s Baking From My Home to Yours cookbook. Now, the TwD group is tackling Baking with Julia, also written by Dorie Greenspan.

Our first assignment was to bake white loaves. This recipe makes two regular-sized bread loaves, but one of my loaf pans didn’t survive the move. So, I made one regular-sized and four mini-loaves.

I was very excited to try my hand at yeast-dough baking in my new place, so I set aside a whole Saturday afternoon to work on the recipe. I took extra care and followed the instructions to a tee, including making sure the room temperature was perfect during the dough’s second rise. Yeah, I went there. And, the precautions paid off because this was my first truly successful attempt at yeast bread where I didn’t feel the need to make excuses for my final product! These loaves were definitely worth the time and effort, which wasn’t as bad as I thought, and they tasted pretty delicious. I’ve used the bread for sandwiches, toast, tartine and even as an onion soup topper!

As an aside, I’d like to do a little plug for my blog because it’s the Featured Food Blog of the Day for Tuesday, February 7th on!

My post on Nigella Lawson’s red pepper hummus will be featured on Foodista’s homepage, Facebook, and Twitter accounts. Because of this honor, I set up a Facebook page for Yummy Chunklet here! I would love for everyone to do the Facebook thing and like me, comment on my wall, and drool over my photos! I’ll be doing mini-updates on dishes I’m working on and posting teaser photos of the same. Also, let me know if you have a Facebook page, and I’ll like you as well!

To see how other bloggers fared with Julia Child’s white loaves, check out the Tuesdays with Dorie baking group. Or, head over to this week’s hosts, Laurie or Jules, to get the recipe.

71 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Quay Po Cooks
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 02:54:24

    Congrats on the Foodista Food Blog of the Day! Nice white loafs!

  2. Anita Menon
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 04:35:19

    Those are some mean looking loaves. Doesn’t seem like you were doing it for the first time. The toasted slices look so tempting. Being off-carbs for sometime isn’t helping here.

  3. hotlyspiced
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 04:50:31

    What beautiful looking bread. I’d love some of that tomorrow morning for my toast! It sure looks better than store bought bread!

  4. mireia
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 05:42:25

    Looks fantastic!!!

  5. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 06:02:30

    Congrats! Also, your bread turned out great. It looks light and delicious!

  6. Andi Winslow
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 06:24:24

    I am very happy for you, Congradulations. Stars for you today….and your bread looks wonderful. Enjoy your day andi

  7. Cher
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 07:03:39

    It’s great to see how many FFwD are on board for this round of TWD – I am looking forward to the challenge!
    Your loaves look like they came out really well.

  8. Eileen
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 08:07:07

    Your bread is beautiful. I am so, so tempted to do TwD, but I just don’t think it would be good for my waistline. My mouth would be happy, though.

  9. spicegirlfla
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 08:07:25

    Congrats…and I might add what a beauty of a loaf!! I’m big on toasted bread…I’d love to slap some warm butter on these!!

  10. Elaine
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 08:25:42

    Your bread looks so good and it sounds like you used it for a few of the FFwD recipes this month. 🙂 We also enjoyed this bread so much. Great job!

  11. Three-Cookies
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 08:43:27

    Making white loaf is probably a nice warm up for whats coming:)

  12. sheof108names
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 08:45:15

    An inspirational post – I really want to try bread-making.

  13. saffronandhoney
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 08:46:29

    How wonderful! Glad you were able to use the bread in so many ways!

  14. kitchen flavours
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 08:48:39

    Your bread looks perfectly baked! Gorgeous white loaf! Congrats on Foodista!

  15. Krissy
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 09:13:16

    What a great post. Your enthusiasm really comes through and your bread is beautiful. I’m on my way to check out your other site. You are a busy lady! And…I love the mini’s…wish I’d been creative with my second loaf.

  16. forgottenbeast
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 09:29:53

    Oh how beautiful! Looks just like a sandwich-ready white loaf, but I bet it tastes a million times better than anything you could buy at a store. Definitely worth paying attention to the details! I’ve never been able to pull out a perfect loaf of bread, but I also like to cut some of those corners…

  17. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 09:47:51

    This really makes me want to try my hand at homemade bread. These loaves are beautiful. I’m going to check you out at Foodista and like your FB page…I have one too but haven’t been as active on it as planned so far!

  18. confessionsofaculinarydiva
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 10:19:10

    Gorgeous loaves! I like the idea of mini-loaves, perfect for sandwiches. Checked you out on Foodista today – congratulations!

  19. Krissy
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 10:27:41

    OK…found your links and make a post on my facebook wall…congratulations!

  20. sara
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 10:49:53

    Woo, that first yeast dough success is always so satisfying! This bread looks fantastic. 🙂

  21. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 10:54:18

    Drats I forgot to mention the Foodista thing in your FB plug. Congrats again and this looks great. I think it’d be good on sandwiches or plain.

  22. Holly
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 11:45:38

    Looks like some delicious bread! YUM!

  23. Lisa {Smart Food and Fit}
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 11:52:26

    Great looking loaves of bread! Again congrats on being recognized on foodista! 🙂 I’ll like you on FB!

  24. mireia
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 12:31:42

    They look fantastic!!!

  25. Trix
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 13:05:14

    You guys are making me want to join the Baking with Julia club!! But I am so shockingly bad about French Fridays that maybe it’s not a good idea. : (
    Really pretty loaves.

  26. Peggy
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 13:07:32

    Love your mini-muffins! I can’t believe the recipe made one whole and four minis. That is fantastic! Love this bread.

  27. Alice
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 13:22:08

    Your bread looks great! 🙂 I can’t believe how many loaves you made! I can’t wait to link our pages on FB… I’m going to try and get over there tonight and figure it out. Aside from that, congrats again! I’m sure youre thrilled!

  28. Stefanie
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 14:54:36

    This bread looks amazing! It turned out wonderful, and looks like perfect sandwich and toast bread. Beautifully done!!

  29. Kathy
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 15:21:56

    You did a great job on your bread…your loaves look beautiful! And Congrats on being picked by Foodista!! Happy Tuesday!!

  30. tierneymarie
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 15:51:22

    I, too, went the one full loaf + minis, but I only got 3 out of the other half of my dough. They’re kind of adorable, aren’t they? I was genuinely surprised at how great this bread tasted. And yours have such lovely color. Congrats on the Foodista recognition!

  31. Purely.. Kay
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 16:30:49

    I know I’m not a huge bread eater, but I can definitely appreciate you guys baking these wonderful and amazing loaves of bread. This looks like it would be perfect for sandwiches.

  32. Lola's Kitchen
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 17:05:54

    Congratulations on the Foodista recognition! Your bread looks beautiful. All your care did pay off!

  33. JasmyneTea
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 17:21:09

    That’s gotta be better than store-bought! I hate buying white bread because of the preservatives and sugar, but I’d sure try a slice of your bread 🙂

  34. cooking-varieties (wan)
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 17:33:55

    hi yummy chunklet,, congrats, you did great at your first try..the bread looks very nice, i can try out your recipe

  35. Kristin & Megan (@BonBonRoseGirls)
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 17:35:05

    I wish I could jump through my screen!

  36. Simply Life
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 19:01:52

    looks like the perfect texture for bread!

  37. Ronda
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 19:07:53

    It does look like really tasty toast!

  38. Anna @ the shady pine
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 20:20:44

    Well done on such delicious looking bread! I like to try my hand at different breads from time to time and know how satisfying it is to be able to produce a loaf from the oven.

  39. Frollicking Night Owl
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 21:43:42

    Glad to see you over here!! Nice work!!

  40. Meri
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 22:05:02

    some times nothing hits the spot like white bread!

  41. Jodie
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 22:10:01

    Welcome to the group! your bread looks fab!

  42. Anne@FromMySweetHeart
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 22:42:55

    Oh these loaves are just beautiful! You did a great job! And I will definitely find you on Facebook! : )

  43. Betty
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 22:52:30

    Beautiful bread! Nothing beats homemade. 🙂

  44. Reem | Simply Reem
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 23:08:02

    Absolutely perfect!!!!
    I would love to have this now, this bread looks so good.
    You know I have baking with julia but lazy me I have not tried any recipe from it yet….

  45. promenadeplantings
    Feb 08, 2012 @ 02:52:11

    Congratulations on getting your lovely post as a feature 🙂 and well done on the baking, it’s something I want to try my hand at this year too .

  46. kitchenbelleicious
    Feb 08, 2012 @ 08:55:07

    love making bread with yeast and not quick breads- although quick breads are great- there is nothing more satisfying than a homemade yeast bread and yours looks perfect

  47. jora
    Feb 08, 2012 @ 13:11:57

    Wow, I’m so impressed that you monitored the room temperature during the rise. What dedication! It paid off, your loaves are beautiful.

  48. Miriam
    Feb 08, 2012 @ 13:14:12

    There’s nothin’ better than homemade bread, warm with butter! Looks awesome :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  49. peachkins
    Feb 08, 2012 @ 15:39:26

    what a beautiful loaf! I hope I can make good looking piece of loaf like yours..

  50. rebecca
    Feb 08, 2012 @ 18:46:50

    wow this looks perfect good enough to sell

  51. cindyrina
    Feb 08, 2012 @ 20:01:33

    that bread look gorgeous!!!! can open bread shop!

  52. Terra
    Feb 08, 2012 @ 21:29:35

    Yay!!! Something about fresh baked bread that makes me soooooo happy! Your bread looks gorgeous:-)

  53. beti
    Feb 08, 2012 @ 22:04:20

    such a simple and basic bread, I made today burger buns and with the remains I tried to make a white loaf bread and it turned out wuite good but I would love to try your recipe

  54. vianneyrodriguez
    Feb 09, 2012 @ 02:33:24

    Congrats!!! how cool to be featured.. your bread looks amazing!!

  55. Kristen
    Feb 09, 2012 @ 05:59:51

    I love the mini loaves! What beautiful bread. Looks like you have a winning recipe there.

  56. Liz
    Feb 09, 2012 @ 06:15:35

    Look at all your perfect loaves!!! You did it! So glad to see you’re in this group, too…looking forward to cooking and baking together on Tuesdays 🙂

  57. FiSh
    Feb 09, 2012 @ 06:27:53

    congrats! 🙂 being the star of the dae is really good and i expect more exciting upcoming recipes!

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  58. Iriene Heng
    Feb 09, 2012 @ 06:51:20

    Congrats … good job! Keep it up and more success to come 🙂

  59. Elpiniki
    Feb 09, 2012 @ 09:01:52

    Beautiful bread! I love this when it’s homemade!

  60. Ameena
    Feb 09, 2012 @ 10:40:38

    These look absolutely perfect! I am so impressed that you can turn out loaves that are so bakery worthy. 🙂

  61. Juliana
    Feb 09, 2012 @ 13:02:00

    Congratulations on your assignment, the bread looks delicious, perfect for toasting or sandwich. Hope you are having a wonderful week 🙂

  62. Cakelaw
    Feb 09, 2012 @ 15:27:42

    Fabulous bread YC – glad you have found so many uses for it.

  63. Thu
    Feb 09, 2012 @ 16:27:19

    yay on the feature! so deserving!

    I have always wanted to try and make bread, these look scrumptious!

  64. Grumpy Grateful Mom
    Feb 09, 2012 @ 23:28:28

    I kept trying to smell your bread as I was reading. Looks so delicious! I really need to read your blog when I’m NOT hungry. 🙂

  65. Sutapa
    Feb 10, 2012 @ 00:47:42

    Congrats dear friend! Your white loaf looks divine…… hats off to your baking excellence!

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  67. Baker Street
    Feb 10, 2012 @ 04:13:12

    That looks perfect! Congratulations my friend! 🙂

  68. Andrea Janssen
    Feb 10, 2012 @ 06:09:39

    Your bread looks great and I agree the recipe is really good.

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  70. sally
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 08:17:26

    What beautiful bread! Congrats on being the Featured Food Blog!

  71. thekalechronicles
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 23:17:33

    Congratulations on producing successful yeast bread! Not so intimidating anymore is it? You will get better with practice and it is very satisfying to make your own bread.

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